Fam­ily-Friendly At­trac­tions

Where Tampa Bay - - Where / Tampa Bay / Summer/Fall 2015 -

From thrill rides to mu­se­ums to sparkling blue wa­ters on a Tampa Bay beach, there’s plenty here for the fam­ily to en­joy. BY SU­SAN B. BARNES

BY SU­SAN B. BARNES

When it comes to fun ways to fill your time in the Tampa Bay area, there’s no short­age of op­tions. From theme parks, to peeks at wildlife both on land and un­der­wa­ter, to 35 miles of white, pow­der-soft sandy beaches from Clear­wa­ter to St. Pete Beach— the choice is yours. LIONS AND TIGERS AND … DI­NOSAURS AND DOL­PHINS More than 1,500 an­i­mals—in­clud­ing lions and tigers—can be found within the 56 lush acres of Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo (lowry­park­zoo.com), just a few miles north of down­town Tampa. Not only that, but the zoo also hosts an ar­ray of spe­cial events through­out the year, in­clud­ing the Zoo Run Run 5k (Aug. 22) and Zoo­fari (Nov. 7), a fab­u­lous food fes­ti­val and the spooky ZooBoo (Oct.27-28).

What’s that rustling in the trees? Could it be … a di­nosaur? It may just be, if you find your­self at Di­nosaur World (di­nosaur­world.com/florida), off of I-4 in Plant City just out­side Tampa. Here you’ll find150 life-size di­nosaurs, from bra­chiosaurus to tricer­atops.

An­i­mals are the name of the game at Busch Gar­dens Tampa Bay (buschgar­dens.com), too, in­clud­ing ele­phants,

Movie stars Win­ter & Hope and the

Clear­wa­ter Marine Aquar­ium

“Ice­plo­ration” at Busch Gar­dens Tampa Bay

Busch Gar­dens Tampa Bay

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